Lower Level

The primary math program consists largely of discovering the “why” and “how” of various mathematical principles in a developmentally appropriate manner.  The students are introduced to each new concept through the manipulation of math materials with which they solve various puzzles.  Through this experimentation, they develop problem-solving and thinking skills.  By participating in these concrete experiences, children come to an understanding of math principles in a manner that is both enjoyable and developmentally appropriate.  It is only after grasping these underlying principles that students begin to apply their knowledge to paper and pencil tasks.   

Our math studies focus on a strong foundation of basic math skills in the areas of patterning, classification/sorting, counting, number recognition and formation, place value, addition, subtraction, geometry, measurement (including time and money), fractions, graphing, story problems, and multiplication (for the older students).  Older students are encouraged to work towards greater efficiency by memorizing simple arithmetic and developing mental math skills.

Upper Level

Math and Language Arts in the Upper Level grades are taught in two separate classes, with the specific grade levels included in each determined by the skills and needs of the students.  Generally, divisions are made between grades 4 through 6 and grades 6 through 8. Advanced eighth grade students will study high school level Algebra and occasionally Geometry in smaller groups with college students as Teaching Assistants.  At all levels, the math program is structured in distinct units, allowing students to thoroughly understand a topic before integrating it with another area of study. The program strikes a balance between the study of math concepts, rote practice, math games to improve facility and speed, and practical application of skills to real world problems.

In the first two years of the Upper Level experience, math studies focus on a strong foundation of arithmetic skills: base ten and place value, basic operations and computations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents, mental math, geometry, and practical math applications such as measurement, elapsed time and statistics.  With a thorough foundation in arithmetic, students working at the sixth and seventh grade level and above, continue mastering their fundamentals while also solving and graphing equations and inequalities on a coordinate plane with integers, exponents and slope formula.  Geometry includes the study of special right triangles, trigonometric functions, volumes and surface areas. The basics of probability and statistics are introduced as well.